The Family Vacation You're Looking for on Birch Lake

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The cottage from the lake.


Last updated: 10/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Just 20 miles north of Traverse City, Birch Lake is the family friendly lake. Warm water, sandy shore, gently sloping shallows, great for families, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, playing and relaxing.

The water front cottage is on the south side of Birch Lake, just 3 miles north of Elk Rapids. Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, cathedral ceiling, full kitchen, outdoor deck with charcoal grill. It has cable TV, WIFI and CD player. Renter provides sheets & towels. Pillows & blankets provided. Sheets provided with fee.

Amenities include: a sandy beachfront location; gently sloping shallows area for children; dock, boat tie out, full kitchen, comfortable great room, deck, picnic table, charcoal grill, fire place, beach fire pit, close to Grand Traverse Bay and Elk Rapids. Pets welcome.

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets welcome with $75 cleaning fee....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom


  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV, Wifi Internet...moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Enter details on this feature - Optional...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet:

    wifi Internet...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils:

    dishes, silverware, pots & pans...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Recently renovated. Electric stove/oven, R/O Purified water, dishwasher, coffee pot, microiwave...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio:

    lakeside deck with great view...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.5
from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
June 2017
Jun 3 - Jul 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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Car: Necessary

El Rapids is a wonderful tourist town with shops, restaurants, marina, boat rentals, golfing and more. Close to Traverse City. Day trip activities include Mackinaw Island, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, miniature golf, movie theaters, restaurants, shopping, winery tours and more.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1962

About the owner: We are from the East Lansing area. This has been our family cottage for 50 years. As the 5 sons travel farther away, we want to let others enjoy the wonderful experiences we had growing up at this lake.

Why the Owner Chose Elk Rapids, MI, USA:
The warm lake and family access first drew our parents here. Over the years the lake has proven to be a wonderful place for creating family memories. The lake and area are beautiful, and invites you back year after year.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
It was the safe, friendly, family atmosphere that drew us to Birch Lake. The clean, warm water and shallow sandy bottom makes the lake ideal for families and children. Evening campfires, beautiful sunsets, playing splash football and throwing a Frisbee in the shallows, learning to fish and water ski. These are just some of the memories you'll take home, as we did.

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Speaks: english



  • The cottage from the lake.

    The cottage from the lake.

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Lakeside bedroom

    Lakeside bedroom

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • You can wade out 200 feet and still be in shallow water

    You can wade out 200 feet and still be in shallow water

  • Birch Lake is about happy memories!

    Birch Lake is about happy memories!

  • Evening campfires and s'mores

    Evening campfires and s'mores

  • Sunsets, stars and Northern lights.

    Sunsets, stars and Northern lights.

  • Beautiful morning form the deck

    Beautiful morning form the deck

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Middle bedroom

    Middle bedroom

  • Renovated kitchen

    Renovated kitchen

  • Calm waters

    Calm waters

  • Dogs love it, too!

    Dogs love it, too!

  • Sugar sand beach.

    Sugar sand beach.

VRBO #417233

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Elk Rapids, MI, USA #417233

3 BR  1.5 BA  Sleeps 7

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